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Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association neighborhood parade

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The Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association held its annual Memorial Day parade Monday morning. The parade, lead by an AAPD squad car and AAFD fire truck, started at 10 a.m. at Greenbrier Park, and ended about 15 minutes later at Highlands park, where a ceremony was held. Following the ceremonial presentation of the flag, a few spoken words and the playing of Taps, donuts and refreshments were served.

AAPD Officer Sean Lee of Chelsea waves to children Monday during the annual Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association neighborhood Memorial Day parade.

The flag is presented Monday during the annual Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association neighborhood Memorial Day ceremony at Highlands Park.

Nathan Liang, 16, of Ann Arbor performs Taps Monday during the annual Glacier Area Homeowners’ Association neighborhood Memorial Day ceremony at Highlands Park.

Also Monday morning was the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society’s annual Democratic Ride. Local cyclists met at Wheeler Park at 9 a.m. for a ride around the Ann Arbor area.

Local cyclists ride on Huron River Drive Monday morning during the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Societys’ annual Democratic Ride.

26th Annual Arborcrest Memorial Day Ceremony

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Arborcrest Memorial Park held its 26th annual Memorial Day ceremony Sunday May 30 at 2 p.m., 2521 Glazier Way.

The ceremony began with the presentation of the flag by the local Boy Scouts of America, the Washtenaw County Honor Guard and the Ann Arbor City Fire Department Honor Guard.

Following the raising of the flag, several speakers came to the podium; among them was Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.).

The ceremony was concluded with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps by Troop 27  Boy Scout Daniel LaCroix, 13, of Ann Arbor.

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Troop 27 Boy Scout Ryan Polgar of Ann Arbor carries the flag, followed by the Washtenaw County Honor Guard and local Boy Scouts of America troops Sunday at the Arborcrest Memorial Park's 26th annual Memorial Day ceremony, 2521 Glazier Way.

Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.) speaks Sunday at the Arborcrest Memorial Park's 26th annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Ann Arbor resident Betty Flanders recites the poem Flanders Field Sunday at the Arborcrest Memorial Park's 26th annual Memorial Day ceremony. Flanders spoke about the importance of honoring veterans and how she often volunteers at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. "I've been on every floor of (the VA Hospital) many times. (The veterans) always thank me, but really it's me thanking them" Flanders said.

Troop 27 Boy Scout Daniel LaCroix, 13, of Ann Arbor stands at ease after performing Taps Sunday at the Arborcrest Memorial Park's 26th annual Memorial Day ceremony.

St. Paul Lutheran School students launch model rockets

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21 students, or rocket scientists (for an hour at least) from St. Paul Lutheran School in Ann Arbor launched their hand-made model rockets Tuesday May 25 at the soccer field behind the school, 495 Earhart Rd.

The after-school rocket club, which began May 4 as a four week session for second through fourth graders, aimed to offer a fun activity for students while they wait for siblings to finish sport practice or their parents to pick them up.

“My kids, when they were little, always enjoyed making rockets, so I thought that would be fun to do” said first grade teacher Deb Schnack of Ypsilanti, who organized the program.

For the first three weeks, students met for one hour after school on Tuesdays to design, build and decorate their rockets from kits.

On the fourth meeting, they launched the rockets with the help of Schnack’s husband, John, and her son Eric.

One at a time the students mounted their rockets on the launch pad, connected the ignition system to the engine, counted down from five and watched their rockets soar. “That one touched a cloud!” yelled several excited students.

The rockets launched approximately 300 feet in the air and deployed a bright orange ribbon to slow its landing and make it easier to spot.

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(left) Skyler Robbins, 8, of Ann Arbor, first grade Teacher Deb Schnack of Ypsilanti and Emily Podolski, 7, of Ann Arbor watch in awe as rockets are launched more than 300 feet in the air.

Carter West, 7, of Saline points at a rocket after it was launched.

(left) Ben Pierce, 9, of Ann Arbor launches his rocket with the assistance of Eric Schnack of Ypsilanti.

Written by Jeffrey Smith

May 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Girls on the Run 5K

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Girls on the Run of Southeast Michigan held their last run of the school year Sunday at the Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center on the campus of Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital. “(The race) was amazing, we have great weather, great girls and double the participants of last year” said Program Coordinator Lisa Gizzi. This year, the race had more than 1,000 girls and more than 2,000 total participants. Participants ran around St. Joseph and returned to a live DJ, moon bounce and other fun inflatables.

More than 2000 participants run from the starting line at the Girls on the Run 5K Sunday at the Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center on the campus of Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital. All proceeds from the race go to Girls on the Run and their scholarship program, which will offer partial or full funding for anyone in need.

Runners make their way around the first turn

Program Coordinator Lisa Gizzi of Dundee cheers on participants as they run toward the finish line.

Minna Tremonti, 9, and her father, Dave of Ann Arbor run toward the finish line to receive a medal for participating

(right) Sidney Cheney, 3, of Howell plays on an inflatable obstacle course while his sister, India, 9, participates in the Girls on the Run 5K.

Colin Charnock, 7, and his sister Claire, 3, of Monroe play on a moon bounce while their mother and sister participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Written by Jeffrey Smith

May 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Father Gabriel Richard wins semifinals

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Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard’s Fighting Irish won the Catholic High School League semifinals with a 6-0 victory against Riverview Gabriel Richard’s Pioneers Friday at Eastern Michigan University’s Oestrike Stadium. Despite an hour-long rain delay after the first inning, the teams were able to play six innings before a second wave a storms came through. The intense rain showed no signs of stopping so the game was called in favor of the Irish.  They are now headed to Comerica Park to play Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Wednesday for the C-D Division Catholic High School League Championship.

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Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard pitcher Chris Ostrowski throws a strike against Riverview Gabriel Richard

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard's Tom White runs for home plate

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard batter Nolan Breymaier's home-run hit

Storm clouds approach Oestrike Stadium while the Irish is up at the plate


Players and fans take shelter from the rain

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard celebrates their victory by sliding into home plate in the rain

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – With Audio

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I had the privilege of seeing Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings perform live Wednesday at Borders in Downtown Ann Arbor. The funk/soul band from Brooklyn, New York, was touring in Michigan for a show at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit and decided to stick around to perform a free show at Borders. Sharon Jones has one of the most dynamic and amazing voices I have ever heard live. Jones and the band had the audience, which packed the second floor of Borders, on their feet and dancing for the entirety of the show!

Sharon Jones speaks with Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor’s 107.1

Audio clip of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings live at Borders 5/19/10

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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings perform Wednesday at Borders in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings perform Wednesday at Borders in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings perform Wednesday at Borders in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings perform Wednesday at Borders in Downtown Ann Arbor.

The audience dances to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings performing live Wednesday at Borders in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Written by Jeffrey Smith

May 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Breakin’ Curfew

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I went to The Neutral Zone’s annual teen-run talent show, ‘Breakin Curfew’ for the first time Saturday at the Power Center and now I understand why it sells out every year. The variety of local talent and the fact that they can sell out 1,200 seats is amazing!  There were many people who were turned away; thankfully I had my ticket in advance! Energetic and talented punk-rock and funk bands, ballet and break-dancers, singers, poets, MC’s and more all had excellent performances and had the audience grouping in front of the stage. I was very impressed with the show!

I particularly liked the funk-rock band Sole Transit. The members describe their style to have “elements of funk, blues, New Orleans brass bands and rock and roll styles.” With Leif Gearhart Hall on trumpet, Will Smith and Kyle Morrison on sax, Paul Smith on keyboard, Jordan Siden on guitar, Dan Sagher on bass and Erez Levin on drums, this seven-man band makes it happen!

The band frequently plays at the B-Side at the Neutral Zone. For video of a live performance, click here.

Here are some of my favorite images from Breakin’ Curfew.

Martin Reidy performs with members of the Neutral Zone's MC Workshop Saurday at Breakin' Curfew

Martin Reidy performs with members of the Neutral Zone's MC Workshop Saurday at Breakin' Curfew.

Elisha Israel, left, Randall Le and Harry Im perform with members of the Neutral Zone's MC Workshop Saurday at Breakin' Curfew.

Mara Abramson performs Saturday at Breakin' Curfew.

Niki Sabet performs with members of the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet Saurday at Breakin' Curfew.

Yaz Alshunnar performs with members of the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet Saturday at Breakin' Curfew.

Written by Jeffrey Smith

May 19, 2010 at 3:05 am